Announcing! The Green Building Academy 2018

We’re thrilled to announce Peter McIntosh will be co-facilitating Long Way Home’s inaugural Green Building Academy in Guatemala this year. Participants can expect a solid grounding and hands-on experience in green, sustainable building and construction practices, social development and a rich cultural immersion.  The Academy will take place in Comalapa, Guatemala, and will draw on the expertise of the Academy‘s instructors, who for 9 years have built an 18-building school using state-of-the-art green and sustainable technologies and methods.

The Green Building Academy provides a menu of unique educational options that are relevant to both professionals and students inside AND outside of the construction industry. Guided by best practices in green construction, the Academy is dedicated to educating individuals and organizations, in both theory and practical application, about sustainable design, planning, and building practices. Participants will connect to their environment, and develop increased consciousness & competence relating to sustainability, environmental & ecological balance, and ethical & respectful community development. The Academy equips participants with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to apply their creativity to design and construction using sustainable, unconventional materials and low-impact methodologies with potential for off-grid implementation.

COURSE DETAILS:

What we learn in the classroom we will apply in the construction of a new house for a local family with limited economic resources in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala.

July 1 – July 30, 2018
Cost: $2,700 – includes lodging & 3 meals/day
($500 non-refundable deposit to secure space)

Hands-on/Lab – 120 hours
Classroom – 40 hours

College Credit Available! Ask LWH for details

MODULE I – CONSTRUCTION

Design
Introduction to Construction/Jobsite Safety
How to Approach the Design of Your Building
Project Budgeting and Staging
Passive Solar Design – Insulation and Thermal Mass

Earth
Understanding Earth
Testing Earth
Site Establishment and Foundations
Plasters and Mortar Mixes

Structure
Introduction to Concrete and Steel
Focus on Tire Construction
Focus on Bond Beams, Arches, Vaults and Domes
Basic Carpentry

MODULE II – SERVICES

Power
Basic Electricity
Off-Grid Energy as an alternative to centralized energy systems
How to design your own off-grid solar energy system

Water
Fundamentals of Water Management
Water Supply Management
Focus on Greywater
Focus on Blackwater
Focus on Pumps, Pipes and Tanks

ELECTIVES ($10/HR)

Language: Spanish or Kaqchikel
Cooking: Local cuisine, tortilla making
Painting: Arte Naif history, painting class
Weaving: Backstrap
Music: Marimba
Geography, History, Culture: Latin American, Guatemalan, Comalapan, Mayan
Grassroots NGO Development
In-Country Field Trips/Tours: Ruins of Iximche and Mixco Viejo, colonial capital of Antigua, market town of Chichicastenango, and Guatemala City museums (each trip will have a specific additional price)

UNCONVENTIONAL BUILDING MATERIALS USED:

Tires
Glass bottles
Plastic
Cob, Adobe


WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ATTENDING THE GREEN BUILDING ACADEMY?

A broad range of people of different ages representing diverse cultures, languages, education levels, and backgrounds, including:

  • People in construction/building fields interested in honing skills and developing new skills
  • High school and college students as well as gap-year students **Ask us about possible college credit**
  • Architects and engineers
  • Permaculturalists
  • Environmental activists
  • Education and social service workers
  • Aspiring educators as well as veteran teachers who are considering experiences that will shape their approach to teaching and learning
  • Educators seeking pathways for re-certification credit/salary steps
  • Spiritual and community leaders
  • Business leaders
  • Mid-career transitioners
  • Retired people
  • People seeking restoration and renewal along with experiencing language/cultural immersion

For more information about the academy contact Long Way Home.

https://www.naturalbuildingcollective.com

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